Marlene N. SilvaCollaborating Researcher
Marlene Nunes Silva is the the Director of the National Programme for Physical Activity Promotion of the Portuguese Directorate-General of Health. She is also a professor and researcher at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport (FEFD-ULHT) Lisbon, with high record of international scientific publications. She has published more than 65 peer-reviewed articles (Scopus h-index 20; google Schoolar 30), and was a co-author of 4 international books Chapters and 1 national book She is a clinical psychologist, post-graduated in health promotion, who received her PhD in Exercise and Health in 2010. In the same year, she also received a Young Investigator Award in Sports Sciences. Her research revolves around the field of motivational, self-regulatory, and behavioral predictors of physical activity and healthy lifestyles. The training of health professionals concerning motivational practices, and the development of tools in this regard are additional areas of interest. She is the Co-PI of PAC-WOMAN (recently funded by FCT), a national project that will test a physical activity behaviour change intervention for post-menopausal breast cancer survivors. On the recent past she worked as the national coordinator of EuroFIT, an European Commission funded project (FP7), and also participated in several other European and FCT-funded projects. Other activities included the presentation of scientific results on numerous international and national scientific conferences and the organization of international symposia. She is a regular reviewer for leading international journals in her field. Alongside her research activity, Marlene N. Silva is part of several scientific boards such as the doctoral program in Exercise and Health at ULHT University; Advisory board for the development of the national Health Plan 2020-2030; Invited Expert for the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Handbook for mActive, amongst others She served as supervisor and co-supervisor of several master and PhD theses (1 with an FCT grant). She participates regularly as a discussant in PhD theses committees. She was a co-author of multiple student handbooks and technical reports. She is also a certified trainer in Health Behaviour Change (CCPFC/RFO-24239/08), who develops, applies and assesses training programs for health and exercise professionals working in health behaviour change. She has been involved in multiple community extension activities (e.g., communitarian health programs at the university, health care units, and football clubs) and knowledge translation activities for the general public (e.g. via regular collaboration with national media channels).